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Northern Arms

Weekend Warrior, June 30 - July 2

Powerful yet sometimes delicate compositions will be emanating from Boot & Saddle this weekend. The South Philly watering hole will be playing host to Northern Arms’s record release tonight for Chapel Cabaret. It’s a fitting title for the band’s new album, which feels, at times, holy and intimate, while sounding joyous and celebratory, at others. The sextet will most likely be joined by special guests on stage this evening to bring the record’s grandiose sound to fruition in a live setting. Northern Arms have invited psych-pop outfit HiSoft to open the festivities. The band is fronted by Gerhardt Koerner, who also lent his recording talents on the latest release.

And you may find yourself, once again, camped out in the beautiful sounding square box of a room the following evening, where The Lunar Year will also be holding their record release celebration. Led by Katie Burke’s mellifluous vocals, the band recently shared its beautiful, revealing, piano-driven full-length album Herodias. They’ll be supported by alt-folk crew Rosu Lup and the “bookish indie rock” of The Chairman Dances. - H.M. Kauffman

More places to spend your holiday-ish weekend…

Boot & Saddle (1131 S. Broad St.) FRI Northern Arms (Record Release Show), HiSoft, SAT The Lunar Year (Record Release Show), Rosu Lup, The Chairman Dances

Johnny Brenda’s (1201 N. Frankford Ave.) SAT S.T.A.R.W.O.O.D. (Record Release Show), Northern Liberties, Curtis Cooper

Kung Fu Necktie (1250 N. Front St.) FRI Crackhouse, Surgeon/DJ Tony Modica, SAT Narcos/DJ Royale/A Black Celebration: DJ Baby Berlin, DJ Jem, SUN KingTay

PhilaMOCA (531 N. 12th St.) SUN Joy Again, Bahdeavn

Underground Arts (1200 Callowhill St.) SAT Hound

Union Transfer (1026 Spring Garden St.)

The Trocadero (1003 Arch St.) FRI Montega Picasso, Maverick The Poet, Montana Blak, Gran Centennial

World Café Live (3025 Walnut St.) FRI (Upstairs) Michele Lynn, SAT (Upstairs) Batiyah, El Gahnt, Saudah Al-Akbar/The Hype presents: Love Fest

The Fire (412 W. Girard Ave.) FRI Tessellations, SAT Vanderlyle, John Dominy

MilkBoy Philly (1100 Chestnut St.) FRI Desoto Jones, Bright and Early, Keeper, SAT Oolala. The Ardvark Felon, You Do You

The Barbary (951 Frankford Ave.) FRI Man About a Horse (Album Release Show)/ The Bigness, The Upticks

Ortlieb’s Lounge (847 N. 3rd St.) FRI Secret Nudist Friends, Tannins

Silk City (435 Spring Garden St.) FRI Rich Medina, SAT DJ Deejay

Fergie’s (1214 Sansom St.) SUN Rusty Cadillac

Connie’s Ric Rac (1132 S. 9th St.) SUN Autumn Passing

Bourbon & Branch (705 N. 2nd St.) FRI Soraia, Tubey Frank, SUN Jus O

The Grape Room (105 Grape St.) FRI Bamboo Tommy, Greenough Wilde

Ardmore Music Hall (23 E. Lancaster Ave.) FRI Swift Technique, Lets Danza, Johnny Popcorn, SAT Splintered Sunlight, Whiskeyhickon Boys, SUN Splintered Sunlight, The Jawn

Morgan’s Pier (221 N. Columbus Boulevard) FRI DJ Beatstreet, SAT Menace Cartel

Everybody Hits (529 W. Girard Ave.) SAT Clique, Weller, Tombo Crush

The Pharmacy (1300 S. 18th St.) FRI Sublaymen, Hallowed Bells/The Magnificent Shit Hawks, Felipe Pupo, Manikineter, Planet 88, SAT Joshua Alvarez, Child Savage

Syd Torchio Art Show w/Northern Arms at PhilaMOCA Jan. 29

With background motifs like the Ellen Powell Tiberino Museum and models like Playboy Bunny Savage, S.T.A.R.W.O.O.D., and members of the Squidling Bros. Circus Sideshow troupe, Syd Torchio’s elaborate portraits have been known to channel another quixotic sense of reality. And his art shows at PhilaMOCA have been mainstays that have also featured some pretty eclectic musicians. Tonight's exhibit will be no exception since it will feature gothic Americana nine-piece, Northern Arms, and since they've been hard at work recording an upcoming album at Miner Street Recordings, you might just be in for a preview. Torchio will also be performing with his multi-instrumental modern folk quartet, Taupe, that also features ex-members of The Oubliette Ensemble. They'll be joined by the quirky four-piece, Minka, whose sound is filled with 80’s rock nostalgia. PhilaMOCA, 531 N. 12th St., 8pm, $10, All Ages - Bill McThrill  

New Video: "Sycamore Trees" (David Lynch & Angelo Badalamenti Cover) - Northern Arms

Below is a new live performance video of Northern Arms covering "Sycamore Trees." The song originally appeared in the series finale of Twin Peaks, and was written by David Lynch and Angelo Badalamenti. Northern Arms first performed it at PAFA's David Lynch: The Unified Field, his first major museum exhibition in the U.S. They'll be at Art Star Craft Bazaar tomorrow, and headlining Johnny Brenda's on Saturday, May 16, sharing the bill with Mercury Radio Theater and Julia Rainer.


Busses LP Release Show at JB's Feb. 14

Refined tenacity that purposely explores, navigating through different avenues in a clean, trippy dance and consuming listeners in the process, Dave Brett, Jason Bachman, and Nick Apice, otherwise known as Busses, are set to release their new record Wizard of the Eye on Tuesday, February 17. Tonight, those gathered at Johnny Brenda’s will celebrate the album when the group occupies the middle slot of a bill headlined by Northern Arms and kicked off by Tinmouth. Busses seemed to have mastered their musical vehicle, harnessing a ferocious, spacey nature into focus rather than starting it up and seeing where it decides to go. Though they’re fully capable of drifting, the band always knows that it is in control, and the results are dynamic. With a mesmerizing cascade of vocals in a dimly lit serenading setting providing a spiritual atmosphere, the vast ensemble of Northern Arms gathers steam on their haunting pulpit/stage. With a new album Says scheduled for release next month, melodically loose pop-rock trio Tinmouth get the ball rolling. Johnny Brenda’s 1201 N. Frankford Ave., 8pm, $12, 21+ - Michael Colavita


Weekend Warrior, October 31 - November 2

Grand masters of Halloween ceremonies TJ Kong and the Atomic Bomb return to Underground Arts to host their fifth annual Rock and Roll Murdershow tonight. But unlike The Revenge of Michael Myers or the Dream Child, this ghoulish sequel is set to deliver thrills and chills for all the right reasons. This edition will feature 8 great bands taking over 2 stages. With an opening murdershow performance that consists of the only orchestra to be fronted by a theremin virtuoso, The Divine Hand Ensemble will be conjuring up a set of horror movie classics. Mumblr will be making a triumphant return from tour, which was in support of their debut full-length album Full of Snakes, and Tutlie will be revitalized with its latest incarnation. Lantern's amped-up, guitar-fueled performance will likely reveal some new tracks from the recording session that they had over the summer. And Mo Lowda & the Humble are set to throwdown what is slated to be their last Philly show of the year. Rounding out this phantasmagorical lineup will be Northern Arms and the Bernhardt Family Band. BTW: We caught up with TJ Kong, a.k.a. Dan Bruskewicz, to ask him some festive questions that we had on our mind, which you can check out HERE. Underground Arts, 1200 Callowhill St., 8pm, $15, 21+ - Bill McThrill
It’s Halloween weekend! You should have plenty of parties to go to, but in case you don’t…
Johnny Brenda’s (1201 N. Frankford Ave.) SAT Chris Kasper, Maitland, SUN Split/Red (Record Release), The Bad Doctors, Blowdryer
The Boot & Saddle (1131 S. Broad St.) FRI Pink Slip Daddy, Explosive Head SAT West Philadelphia Orchestra, Mercury Radio Theater, Liberty Rose
Kung Fu Necktie (1250 N. Front St.) SAT Callowhill, The Feverfew/St. James & The Apostles, A Brood of Vipers
World Café Live (3025 Walnut St.) FRI The Thrill: A Tribute to Michael Jackson's Thriller, SAT (Upstairs) Alex Tatunchak, Shy Boyz/(Downstair) August John Lutz II, SUN (Upstairs) Sympathy & The Lion
The Barbary (951 Frankford Ave.) SAT Nobody Yet, SUN A Scent Like Wolves, Colour & Codeine, Resilience
The Fire (412 W. Girard Ave.) FRI Migraine Boy (Trackjackets and Psychic Teens) (as REM), W.C. Lindsay (as Early 2000's Pop-Punk All Stars), The Best Westerns (as Creedence Clearwater Revival), Hit it Sideways (as The Velvet Underground),Pitter Patter (as Stone Temple Pilots),The Really Cooks (as The Blues Clues Experience), SAT The Bul Rey, Verbatum Jones, ¡alive
MilkBoy Philly (1100 Chestnut St.)FRI Black Stars (as The Rolling Stones), The Better Half (as Pearl Jam), Kate Frank & The Pheromones (as Tom Petty), Wild North (as Neil Young)
Ortlieb’s Lounge (847 N. 3rd St.) FRI Air is Human, SAT New Sound Brass
North Star Bar (2639 Poplar St.) FRI Among Criminals, SAT Chalk & The Beige Americans, Blue Hippopotamus, Halfro, The Ill Fated Natives
Tin Angel (20 S. 2nd St) SAT Adam Travis, Kenny Ferrier
Fergie’s (1214 Sansom St.) FRI John Train, SUN Rusty Cadillac
The Legendary Dobbs (304 South St.)  FRI Generation Empty, Murdersmile, Steve Haley Scars Of Bourbon/Pravda, Palaceburn, Dead: Stop, SAT Dick & The Deer Gutters, Headstone Oneeighteen/Native Maze, Suburban Sensi, SUN Christopher Davis-Shannon
Connie’s Ric Rac (1132 S. 9th St.) FRI Johnny Showcase & The Mystic Ticket, Josh Hey
Voltage Lounge (421 N. 7th St.) SAT The Underwater Sounds, Swift Technique, Montoj, SUN Ley Joans
The Grape Room (105 Grape St) FRI Moonstriker, Brokehead, The Formless Form, Thick, A Day Without Love, SAT Reef’d, Rowboat Casino, Overcoming Gravity/(2nd Floor) Andrew Jude
Bourbon and Branch (705 N. 2nd St.) SAT Modern Colour, We Are Fauna
Ardmore Music Hall FRI Bare Knuckle Boxers
The Red Barn (Please contact one of the acts or venue for more info.) FRI Creedence Clearwater Revival – (Members of Sheer Mag, Bad Side, Low Charge, and Gunk), Chumbawamba 8-piece! (Members of Kill The Man Who Questions, Policy of 3, R.A.M.B.O, Atom & His Package, and Ted Leo & The Pharmacists), Pantera  (Members of Congenital Death, Armalite, Roughed Up),
Crass Records (Members of Bad Energy, Fuck SS, The Stasi, and Dark Thoughts),
The Distillers (Members of Congenital Death, Backslider, Crybaby, and Past Tense)
Toby’s Purgatory (Please contact one of the acts or venue for more info.) FRI Mumblr, Cool Points, Disinterest, Cold Foamers, Cousin Brian
Chill Collins Art Space (Please contact one of the acts or venue for more info.) SAT Kralizeec
Lava Space (4134 Lancaster Ave.) SAT Ordinary Lives, Soul Glo, Dinner Break
Mile High House (Please contact one of the acts or venue for more info.) SAT Community Service, Blankbook, Scuzbot, Hoser
2nd Empire (Please contact one of the acts or venue for more info.) SAT The Stasi, Low Charge, Blankspell, Sheer Mag, Anxiety Hammer, The Holidays, Latex, Aseptic, F**k SS, New Crime

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